Boxing star Manny Pacquiao, who is planning to run for president in the 2022 Philippine elections, is retiring from boxing to focus on the biggest fight in his political career.
Pacquiao made the announcement in a 14-minute video posted on his official Facebook page.
In August, the world’s only eight-division champion, lost a WBA welterweight world title match against Cuban Yordenis Ugas.
Pacquiao, 42, is a Philippine senator and has up to now been dividing his time between politics and fighting.
I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over.
“I just heard the final bell. Boxing is over,” said an emotional Pacquiao as he thanked his fans all over the world.
“I never thought this day would come as a I hang up my boxing gloves.”
Known for his fast footwork and blistering speed of punches, Pacquiao was widely regarded as one of the top offensive fighters in the sport’s history.
Veteran promoter Bob Arum in 2010 said he was unmatched, and rated him…